Introduce your students to the sounds of Bowie, Blondie and the Ramones and cover curriculum areas such as Media, English and History along the way….

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Punk at the Roundhouse Resource Pack

Activities with curriculum links across English, Music, Art and Media

Teacher notes and activites – PDF
Punk Classroom Playlist – Spotify

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The night the Ramones played the Roundhouse in July 1976 has gone down in history as the moment punk was born.

Their enthralling, fast-paced show created a surge of energy and exhilaration that enlivened and inspired hundreds of young people who were living in a time of anger and discontent. This series of activities will enable pupils to discover the characteristics and context of this genre, in a manner linked to the curriculum.

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Blondie at the Roundhouse Resource Pack

Activities with curriculum links across English, Music, Careers/IAG, Art/Media/Photography, History

Teacher notes and activites – PDF
Blondie Classroom Playlist – Spotify

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Blondie’s gig at the Roundhouse in 1978 was a catalyst for the band’s UK break. For young Londoners living in a time of mass unemployment and widespread dissatisfaction, new wave’s visceral, punkish vibes chimed with young people just as The Beatles and flower power had for the generation before. Debbie Harry – along with partner Chris Stein a pioneer of the new wave scene – has been a mainstay of popular music and an inspiration to countless front-women in an industry that has been largely male-dominated over the past 50 years.

This series of activities will enable pupils to discover the historical context of women in music in the 1970s compared to the present day, plus develop core English skills.

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Bowie at the Roundhouse Resource Pack

Activities with curriculum links across English, Music, Art, Drama and PSHE

Teacher notes and activites – PDF
Bowie Classroom Playlist – Spotify

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David Bowie and The Hype’s seminal gig at the Roundhouse in 1970 is considered to have seen the birth of glam rock. The Hype caused something of a stir, giving themselves evocative superhero names – Space Star, Rainbowman, Hypeman – and wearing, as Bowie observed, “costumes that make us look like Dr Strange or the Incredible Hulk”. If you wanted to dare to be and do something different, Bowie led the way…

This series of activities will enable pupils to engage with historical testimonies that shed light on the controversial impact of Bowie’s music, plus develop core English skills through analysing lyrics and responding to them through a range of written challenges.

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